IMAGING NETWORK FOR BREAST CANCER MASS SCREENING
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We propose an internet-based dynamic
imaging system for detecting and monitoring changes in structural properties
of breast tissue that are indicative of breast cancer development. The method
is based on the use of the proprietary Mechanical Imaging technology
implemented in a small hand-held home-use self-palpation imaging device. The
device is able to translate tissue's elastic properties into a digital map of
the breast, to objectively detect the presence of suspicious lesions and, if
necessary, to provide a woman with a warning signal "see your doctor". Data
collected on a regular basis, e.g. once a week, will be sent via Internet to a
central database to form a four-dimensional (3-D plus time) image that will be
analyzed by a computer and a physician. This project will lay a the
foundation for a new approach to diagnostic medical imaging by adding the
temporal component to an image, by monitoring image changes over time using
data from an individual home-use device linked to a database. The application
of machine-learning algorithms for developing a notion of "individual norm"
for a particular woman using dynamic features of image and the image mining
will dramatically improve the sensitivity and diagnostic efficacy of the
imaging for a population wide screening.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
The hand-held home-use Mechanical Imaging self-palpation device connected via Internet
to a central database will serve as a mass-screening tool for the primary detection of
breast cancer. The convenience, efficacy and affordability of this technology will provide
the foundation for the development of new markets for a product that should be a necessary
item for every woman over 30 year of age with the market potential in excess of 1 billion
dollar per year in the US alone.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Armen Sarvazyan
ARTANN LABORATORIES, INC.
1753 LINVALE HARBOURTON RD LAMBERTVILLE, NJ 08530
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